Affinity for All People is a company that uses colorful T-shirts with inspiring messages to create more positivity in the world. Now, Affinity for All People is taking another step in its mission. On Saturday, Oct. 21, the company will hold the first Unity Fest on the beachside stage at American Legion Post 199 in Fairhope.
Organizers want Unity Fest to be a “celebration of unity and diversity through the power of music.” To strengthen the festival’s philosophy, Unity Fest will donate 10 percent of all profits to Fairhope Sisters Unite. Through a variety of events and community gatherings, Fairhope Sisters Unite hopes to “unite people of different races, genders, faiths and walks of life.”
Unity Fest will feature an aurally diverse lineup of bands that include several local favorites. Stereo Dogs will rock out in a set filled with classic rock and original songs. Disco Rednecks will bring their backwoods dance party to the festival. Chad Davidson Band will give the lineup a healthy dose of soul. Singer-songwriter Eric Erdman will serve up homegrown songs that have made him a favorite from Mobile to Muscle Shoals. Jamell Richardson will give the crowd a case of the blues. Infant Richard & the Delta Stones will be showcasing their revamped sound.
New Breed Brass Band will be one of two Unity Fest headliners. This brassy collection of young New Orleans talent is co-managed by Trombone Shorty himself. New Breed Brass Band has clearly taken a few lessons from Trombone Shorty. When this band takes the stage, they merge funk, rock, jazz and hip-hop into one wild musical beast. The band’s time on the Unity Fest stage will bring the celebratory sounds of New Orleans to the shores of Mobile Bay.
The Delta Saints (pictured above) will complete the lineup of the inaugural Unity Fest. This Nashville group has been delving into West Coast sounds on their full-length album “Monte Vista.” The album’s appropriate opener, “California,” represents a musical constant that flows throughout the album. The Delta Saints’ sound is a peppered with blues rock attitude and alt. rock overtones. “Monte Vista” is a powerful collection of songs that represent the band’s passion for its sound.
Tickets are on sale now through Eventbrite. The festival has set general admission at $40. Unity Fest will also feature VIP access for $75.